Sweet Potato Falafel Burgers and current home inspiration

Today I have had a lovely working from home day. I’ve managed to get so much done, it has really helped my stress levels!

I went to the gym first thing for a quick 3,2,1 workout. I did 3 x 10 min interval sessions on the cross trainer, step machine and bike broken up by 2 x 5 minute upper body weights circuits working back and chest (I did triceps and shoulders yesterday) then finished off with 15 minutes of abs and core work.

Breakfast this morning was insanely good! I decided I would try making CCK’s Voluptuous Oats for the first time. Last night I microwaved 1/2 cup of mixed oats and oatbran, 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of hemp milk and 1 cup of water for about three minutes. I then left it to stand and cool. It was quite thick so I added about another 1/4 cup of water and refrigerated.  This morning I added half a scoop of nutty berry spiru-tein protein powder, then poured the cold oatmeal over a punnet of chopped strawberries. I topped it off with more strawberries and a tbsp of PB&Co White Chocolate Wonderful made into a sauce:

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Check out all those strawberries!

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This was so good! As you know I love my food to have a lot of volume and this was perfection. The White Chocolate Wonderful was heavenly too.

Lunch was a huge salad containing romaine, mixed leaves, yellow pepper, carrot, cucumber, radish, roasted soya nuts, braggs liquid aminos and courgette dressing:

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I also had a juicy pear.

For a mid afternoon snack I made a melon slushie inspired by Kirsten’s watermelon slushies. I blended half a chopped galia melon with ice and a few drops of stevia:

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This was just fantastic! I can’t wait to try it with watermelon as well, definitely going to be a favourite summer drink!

Dinner was a Sweet Potato Falafel Burger I made and froze at the weekend.

Sweet Potato Falafel Burgers (makes 3 or 4 burgers) Inspired by recipe from Leon: Ingredients and Recipes

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 large or 3 small sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of chickpea (gram) flour (this depends on how moist the sweet potato is)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped parsley or coriander
  • Sesame seeds

Bake the potatoes in the oven or microwave until soft then leave to cool a bit. Add the spices, garlic, lemon juice and oil to a bowl. Once the potato has cooled a little scoop out the flesh and add to the bowl and mash well. Add the chopped herbs and then the gram flour a little at a time mixing well until you get a firm consistency, not too dry but not overly sticky. Form the mixture into three or four burgers then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Leave in the fridge for an hour to firm up (I froze mine at this stage) then bake in a 200c oven on a greased baking sheet for 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown:

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I served mine with a big salad of romaine, mixed leaves, red onion, cucumber and sugar snap peas plus some tahini lemon sauce:

Tahini Lemon Sauce (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of chopped parsley

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl adding water to thin to desired consistency and drizzle over falafel and salad:

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I loved this burger! It turned out lovely and firm and almost spongy from the gram flour. The sweet potato adds a great sweetness to the flavour too. I do think it needs a sauce, this would be wonderful in a pitta or wrap with hummus!

For dessert I had half a bar of this Blueberry and Lavender Chocolate I brought home from NYC:

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This was gorgeous, the lavender flavouring wasn’t too overpowering and made the chocolate taste a little like my favourite violet creams, so good.

Home inspiration

Now that I have my little mini break to NYC over and done with my thoughts have been turning to other areas in my life that need some attention – our lovely little flat. We have been living here for over 5 years and as it is a one bedroom property we are certainly ready to move on. However, with the housing market on its arse we have to be realistic. We would like to put it up for sale but there’s a few things that need doing, first and foremost new carpets! All this thought of decorating has made me start looking for inspiration for a few cheap little changes I can make around the place – here’s some of my favourite interior design ideas right now:

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I love the colourful chairs and the arrangement of picture frames in the background.

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I love this idea! I even have loads of these embroidery rings leftover from my GCSE Textiles course as well as a collection of vintage fabrics.

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I love these great kitchen storage ideas, I just wish I had a bigger kitchen! I already have a big free standing unit under one of my counters and have used shoe racks as bench top shelving units!

When did you last decorate?

Any weekend plans? I have to say mine are pretty boring, although they are exactly what I need right now, i.e. a weekend at home catching up with the million and one things that seem to need doing, plus a long run! Hope whatever your up to you have a good one!

Comments

  1. says

    I love falafel burgers. And that home inspiration pictures are so nice, really inspiring! I need to start decorating my flat a bit more :) Maybe this weekend, because there is nothing that amazing coming for me, just a bunch of walks/runs/talks and shopping :)

  2. says

    You’re lucky that you can decorate and make nice touches. I live in a rented property and I can’t make any changes, not even putting nails in the wall. Although I’m moving in July so hopefully I can make more changes then.

    Your falafel burger looks delicious. I always want to buy falafel in the supermarkets but it’s so expensive. I shall definitely be trying your recipe!

  3. says

    I just LOVE a good veggie burger recipe so I’m definitely adding your sweet potato creations to the list of ones to try! Usually my burgers are based on beans (black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans… all delicious) so I’m excited to try something a little different :)

  4. says

    Ooh I have to try those oats!! I love oats but I get grumpy having to eat a tiny portion – I always want more! I love my oats with stewed apple (stewed lightly in cinnamon) and dates. Mmmm. I also need to get decorating next holiday – the thought of it is stressing me out! xxx

  5. says

    I love Leon’s sweet potato falafel and yours look amazing! I’m attending an Aussie Lighter Self bloggers event today and then back to the library tomorrow to study. Hope you have a great chilled out weekend :) x

  6. says

    Those falafel burgers look brilliant! I love sweet potato and also the tahini dressing sounds amazing- I am loving tahini at the mo! How exciting!

  7. says

    Soo many good eats!!! You oats looks great, and I so want to try the WCW Peanut butter!
    Sweet potato falafel AND tahini sauce, mmmm <3
    And dagoba<3 One of my all time favorit chocolate brands!

  8. says

    I am soooo happy to find someone with a love of huge salads like me! I would def love to steal some of your recipes. Actually my appetite is huge in general. Haha! It is a standing joke that I don’t do ‘dainty’ portions. I am a fellow Brit. How nice is this dry weather we have had of recent? Although a few degrees hotter would be nice! I am spending my weekend with my 3 munchkins. Some studying…(PT diploma) and with a huge dollop of sulking as my hubby has gone away with work and it is way too many sleeps to count until he is home. ;-(

  9. says

    Lenna – that sounds like a good weekend to me!

    Em – hope you like the burgers if you make them! Bet your excited about moving!

    Jemma – hope you enjoy seeing your dad :-)

    Carrie – ha, agree with all of that!

    Tam – sounds fun!

    Bronagh – yes I would usually prefer a bean based burger but the gram flour does a good job in these.

    Madeline – I can imagine you loving the decorating!

    Parky – mmm apple cinnamon and dates sound great! I’m like you and love a big bowl of oats – you’ll love these!

    Lily – sounds like you have an interesting weekend ahead!

    Maria – glad you like the sound of the burgers!

    Aphrodite – I loved that dagoba chocy!

    L – going to check that site out now :-)

    Laura – oh the slushie is amazing you’ll love it!

    Kerinb – The weather has been nice but I’d prefer it to be a bit warmer! Glad your another one for the big portions, I just don’t do little plates or bowls of anything :-) Hope your hubby is home soon!

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